CHAN 2018: CAF express optimism Kenya will host CHAN

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(From Left) Ministry of Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, CAF 2nd Vice President Constant Selemani Omari and FKF President Nick Mwendwa at the press briefing. CAF has expressed optimism that the event will be held in Kenya

The Confederations of African Football (CAF) has expressed optimism that Kenya will be ready in time to host the CHAN 2018, this despite slow progress in the building and renovation of key infrastructure

The pronouncement by CAF’s Second Vice President Constant Selemani Omari on Saturday ended months of speculation that Kenya would not be ready in time to host the second-tier continental tournament

Omari, who spearheaded a CAF inspection of all the five venues that are scheduled to host the tournament, said that both the Kenyan government and federation had made great strides in making CHAN 2018 a reality for the East African country

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“We wish to put an end to rumors that Kenya will not host CHAN. Yes, there are challenges but the positives are more. We are impressed with the progress made towards the hosting of the games but we also feel that a lot has to be done within the next few months,” said Omari

“The progress has been good from the inspections. We hope the Government continues the work in fast tracking the areas lacking

Kinoru Stadium

“CAF is happy with the progress of Kinouru stadium in Meru but feels that there is a bit of work to be done at Nyayo, Kasarani and Machakos Stadiums

“It is also our feeling that if Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret is to host the tournament then the government needs to put in extra effort as it is way behind schedule,” added the CAF second Vice President

“We are focused on eliminating any doubts out there and we know our challenges. We will be ready,” Football Kenya Federation President, Nick Mwendwa assured

Earlier Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports had assured the CAF delegation that the government was committed to ensuring that Kenya hosts CHAN 2018

“As a government, we are committed to ensuring that Kenya Hosts CHAN 2018 that said, we know that we are not where we want to be in terms of infrastructure development but a lot of work is going on behind the scene to ensure that all our facilities are ready in time,” said the Cabinet Secretary

CAF will have a final inspection in August to ascertain if Kenya is indeed ready to host the CHAN 2018 scheduled to begin in January next year

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